Rutherford County

Rutherford County is composed of historic and fast-growing suburban communities located to Nashville’s southwest.

Welcome to Rutherford County

​​​​​​​Historic and fast-growing communities southwest of Nashville

Rutherford County is composed of historic and fast-growing suburban communities located to Nashville’s southwest. This area is rapidly developing with lots of new construction and contemporary businesses. Rutherford County also offers sprawling open space and protected natural areas in a bucolic landscape with lots of greenery. This area is a great choice for those seeking an inviting small-town suburban atmosphere within easy reach of Nashville. Rutherford County boasts some of the best public schools in Tennessee and homes here tend to be more affordable than in many other areas adjacent to Nashville.

What to Love

  • Small-town atmosphere 
  • Parks, farms, and open space
  • Newer homes 
  • Some of Tennessee's best public schools

Rutherford County Communities

Settled in the 1700s, the city of La Vergne features a mix of historic homes and affordable newer developments. The city also has lots of shopping and dining as well as many corporate factories and warehouses. Murfreesboro is the county seat of Rutherford County and the geographic center of Tennessee. It is also Nashville’s largest suburb and ranks highly on lists of the best places to live in the United States. This community features historic mansions and Civil War battlefields as well as plenty of trendy modern businesses. The town of Smyrna has numerous parks and green spaces along with a major Nissan automobile assembly plant. Smyrna also offers unique local businesses and a mix of traditional homes and new construction. Eagleville is a small rural city with a friendly close-knit atmosphere. Home to around just 800 residents, Eagleville features spacious single-family homes surrounded by open space.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Murfreesboro is the most populated community in Rutherford County with a great selection of places to drink, shop, and dine. The Avenue is a large outdoor retail complex featuring over 100 businesses. Stores include big-box retailers and leading fashion brands such as H&M and Forever 21. You can also shop for books at The Avenue’s large Barnes & Noble, clothing at Old Navy, sports and outdoor gear at Dick’s Sporting Goods, or a wide variety of home décor items at Cost Plus World Market. The Goat is a lively Murfreesboro gathering place with gourmet pub grub, innovative cocktails, bar game leagues, and live music. Murfreesboro’s artsy Mayday Brewery offers frequent live music performances alongside 24 craft beers on tap. Other popular Murfreesboro dining choices include eclectic steak, pasta, and seafood dishes at Demos’ Restaurant.

Things to Do

There is much to see and explore in Rutherford County’s idyllic country setting. Eagleville’s 60-acre Lucky Ladd Farms is a family fun park and petting zoo with more than 100 animal species guests can interact with. Lucky Ladd Farms also offers pony rides and lots of fun playground equipment. There are special activities at Lucky Ladd Farms throughout the year, including exploring a field of more than 50,000 sunflowers between June and July, strawberry picking in late summer and fall, and a fall pumpkin patch and corn maze. Produce from Rutherford County’s bountiful agricultural land is on sale at numerous farmers’ markets held in Murfreesboro, La Vergne, and Smyrna. Murfreesboro’s 50-acre Old Fort Park has tree-shaded trails, a Kids’ Castle playground, a tennis complex, and an 18-hole public golf course in a scenic green space surrounding 1860s Civil War fortifications. Residents of Rutherford County can also enjoy regular performances from the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra.


  • Rutherford County has one of the best-rated public school districts in Tennessee.
  • Discovery School, Public, Magnet, K-6
  • McFadden School of Excellence, Public, Magnet, K-6
  • Central Magnet School, Public, Magnet, 9-12
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Public, Higher Education


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